Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3402: W.J. Jeffery .450/.400 (Nitro Express) Double Rifle

Auction Date: September 12, 2021

Fine Indian Game Scene Engraved W.J. Jeffery .450/.400 (Nitro Express) Double Barrel Boxlock Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $8,000

Fine Indian Game Scene Engraved W.J. Jeffery .450/.400 (Nitro Express) Double Barrel Boxlock Rifle

Manufacturer: Jeffery W J & Co Ltd
Model: SxS
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 400 express
Barrel: 24 inch solid rib
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 221
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Manufactured in circa 1911, this rifle features blued chopperlump Krupp steel barrels respectively signed “W.J. JEFFERY & CO. LTD. 13 KING STREET. ST. JAMES ST. LONDON” and “MADE EXPRESSLY FOR LYON & LYON. CALCUTTA” towards the breech, each tube engraved with a band of beadwork at the breech end, and a single extractor; matted sunken concave rib with matted ramp mounted bead front sight and matted quarter rib with express sight of one standing notch sight and four folding leaves each with platinum inlaid center line and graduated to 500 yards; and blued treble grip action signed “W.J. JEFFERY & CO.” on each side with blued removable firing pin bushings, blued toplever, manual safety with gold inlaid “SAFE”, blued floorplate and blued trigger guard with engraved borders of beadwork and the sides of the action each engraved with tigers in a jungle setting. The underside of the barrels and water table are struck with Birmingham nitro proof marks, and it is import marked under the forearm. The figured walnut pistol grip stock and forearm have panels of multipoint checkering to the grip and forearm, an Anson push button release, dark horn pistol grip cap, blued forearm iron and furniture, and blank silver oval initial escutcheon and blued sling eye under the butt. The corresponding sling eye is fitted beneath the barrel. 14 1/4 inch length of pull. Weight 10 lbs. 3 oz. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine as refurbished. Retaining nearly all of the reblued finish to the barrels, action and furniture. The barrel signatures and action game scenes are softened. The refinished stock has some scattered age related storage and handling marks throughout, well-defined checkering, and some age related wear on the pistol grip cap. Mechanically excellent.

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